Back for its fifth year, The West Coast Christmas Show brings together artisan gifts, food, personal services, festive seminars, and décor ideas & workshops to help everyone from young to old get into the holiday spirit.

Nearly two hundred companies will offer one-of-a-kind products including toys, games, art, beauty and skincare products, clothing, jewellery, travel and entertainment services, food, home décor, personal products, and gifts for the pets. Visitors can identify items made by artisan crafters by looking for the “Select Artisan” signs in their exhibit.

New for this year is a Christmas Train Ride for the family, which is free for the kids.

Other returning traditions of the show include:

  • The musical Sounds of the Holidays Stage
  • The Festival of Trees
  • Meet Santa Claus (attendees should bring their cameras to capture the memories with Santa at no cost) 
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada Cheese Seminar Stage (where visitors sample a variety of cheeses from across the country and learn how to put together a holiday wine and cheese party)

For tickets and more information visit:

Friday, November 30, 11am-9pm
Saturday December 1, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, December 2, 10am – 5pm

1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6H5
Decadence, Defiance and Delight promised by edgy designers at Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]

The fashion scene is set to explode as Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End] – VALT showcases three consecutive nights of apocalypse themed fashion collections, artwork, performances and musical acts at the Ironworks in Gastown launching November 23, 2012. 

VALT features themes of Decadence on Friday, November 23, over-the-top hedonism that has only a brief shelf life before its end; Defiance is the next logical step on Saturday, November 24, the destruction that leads to renewal, and social change; and Delight is the rebirth that follows on Sunday, November 25, the sprout that grows in the spoiled land, the hope for the new.

“One of the most exciting features of VALT is the exclusivity of the designs,” according to Creative Director, Kat Ferneyhough. “Many of our designers are featuring one of a kind garments not intended for mass production or replication, pieces that are essentially wearable art.”

VALT's mission is to provide an enriching alternative to the commercial fashion and gallery experience, to celebrate and promote the creativity of emerging artists, musicians and designers, and to nurture and promote the arts and fashion culture of Vancouver.

Tickets range from $20 for one evening pass to $50 for a weekend pass. 

More information about the event, artists and performances can be found at

Location: Ironworks. Gastown
Date: November 23 - 25, 2012
The 17th annual Festival of Trees is back! Every year the Vancouver Rotary Foundation holds this amazing fundraising event that is a holiday “must-see” tradition in Vancouver. Thousands of people attend, and the event raises money for local student scholarships and grants for community groupsl.

The Festival is open to the public. Visitors can also vote for their favourite tree and be entered to win a prize. Award categories include People’s Choice, Most Child-like, Most Creative and more!

There is no admission cost, but the suggested donation amount is $5. Come out to support a great cause and enjoy the Christmas spirit!

Full Schedule

Festival of Trees Viewing
Location: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA
Date: Friday, November 23 – Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 25 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Holidazzle
Location: Esther Short Park and the Vancouver Hilton
Date: Friday, November 23

  • 3 p.m. – Vancouver Farmers Market vendors open at Esther Short Park 
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Loci train rides available around Esther Short Park 
  • 3 p.m. – Dixieland Jazz Band at the Vancouver Hilton 
  • 4 p.m. – Vancouver Community Concert Band Concert at the Vancouver Hilton 
  • 5: 30 p.m. – Combined Vancouver High School Choirs at Esther Short Park 
  • 6 p.m. – Community Tree Lighting with Santa at Esther Short Park 
  • 6:20 p.m. – Vancouver Pops Orchestra Concert at the Vancouver Hilton 

Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race
Sunday, November 25. Various starting times. Check the Energy Events Web site, here, for details and registration information.

Gala Dinner and Auction
Date: Saturday, December 1, 5:30p.m. Pre-registration required.

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